CERF is real help for the most vulnerable of our human family: Ban

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In Syria, in the Sahel and Sudan … in Haiti, West Africa and Pakistan … in Columbia, Peru and Paraguay … around the world where people are suffering, CERF – the Central Emergency Response Fund – offers relief.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at the opening of a high-level conference for the Fund.

He explains that "from flood zones to war zones, CERF stops crises from turning into catastrophes, adding that the Fund does this through quick, targeted support when an emergency starts or by injecting funds in stubbornly under-funded situations".

“ CERF is not just an acronym for a multi-million dollar fund. It is the vaccine that saves a child from yellow fever … or his mother from meningitis. It is the blanket that covers a refugee family when temperatures drop below freezing. It is the sanitary supply that allows a young girl to go to school with confidence and dignity.”

Secretary-General Ban says when floods wash away homes and hope… when wars tear apart schools and hospitals … when drought destroys crops and prospects, CERF reminds the victims that they are not alone.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’13″

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